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HomeMy Public PortalAboutCity Council Minutes 09-22-1995 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • SPECIAL EMERGENCY MEETING SEPTEMBER 22, 1995 1. CALL TO ORDER Mayor Kelley called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Richland Hills City Hall, 3200 Diana Drive, Richland Hills, Texas. Councilmembers Present: Pat Watkins, Reta P. Kaastad, Larry Wilson, Horace Hamilton and LaRue Wall. City Staff Present: Interim City Manager James Quin, City Secretary Terri Willis, and City Attorney Paul Wieneskie. 2. RECONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION IN RESPONSE TO CITIZEN INITIATIVE PETITION Councilmember Kaastad stated that after several conversations with City Attorney Paul Wieneskie regarding the extenuating circumstances concerning the petition, specifically, the State agreeing to defer the Handley-Ederville Project until 1997, • and her understanding that the petition was a moot issue since the March 28, 1994 interlocal agreement was being honored and only deferred until fiscal year 1997, she voted not to call an election concerning this petition, due to the fact that she felt this was a "win-win" situation. The petitioners' request to honor the contract was upheld and the City had additional time to fund the entire project. However, after further careful consideration of the petition, and further conversa- tion with City Attorney Wieneskie, honoring the contract was only part of the petitioners' request. The petition also demanded the City commit the funding, and under the Home Rule Charter of the City, this Council must meet all the requests of the petition. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to reconsider the adoption of the ordinance calling a Special Election in response to the citizens' initiative petition. The motion unanimously carried. 3. CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION FOR NOVEMBER 7, 1995 IN RESPONSE TO CITIZEN INITIATIVE PETITION • MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to adopt the ordinance calling a Special Election on the resolution submitted by initiative petition for MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • SPECIAL EMERGENCY MEETING SEPTEMBER 22, 1995 PAGE 2 3. CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION FOR NOVEMBER 7, 1995 IN RESPONSE TO CITIZEN INITIATIVE PETITION (cont'd.) MOTION: November 7, 1995; and change Section 1, Paragraph 3 (cont'd.) of the ordinance by deleting "to make available", in order to make the wording the same as the petition calls for; and to appoint Loyce Greer, 7436 Evelyn, as Presiding Judge, and Jean Spieker, 3401 Jonette, as Alternate Presiding Judge. ?Jean Smith, 3628 Labadie Drive, Richland Hills, commented on the circulation of the petition. ?T. S. Bridges, 7231 Hovenkamp, Richland Hills, stated he felt the Council's action was commendable, in order to allow the citizens to vote on this issue. ?Truman Harrell, 6509 Marcille Court, Richland Hills, stated he had hoped the resolution would be placed on the ballot exactly as it was presented in the petition. • Councilmember Kaastad clarified that the resolution would be on the ballot as it was presented in the petition; and also reiterated that she felt the City had a "win-win" situation since the State had agreed to defer the project and the City would have had additional time to fund the project. Councilmember Watkins commended the Council on calling the election, in order to allow the citizens to determine the action to be taken on this issue. Mr. Watkins stated he realized the City's 20 percent share of the project would not fund the entire project, however, felt that this information would be provided in detail during the campaign for the election. In addition, Mr. Watkins stated he was impressed with the abilities of the individuals on the Council, and regardless of the outcome of the election, he would hope everyone would accept the decision and move forward and work toward achieving more harmony in the City. Councilmember Wall commended Mr. Watkins on his comments, and stated it was time to move forward with the current Council's priorities. Councilmember Kaastad expressed her appreciation to the Star- Telegram for the article informing the citizens of this • Special Meeting, however, felt the last sentence of the article was misleading by stating that "The Council had MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • SPECIAL EMERGENCY MEETING SEPTEMBER 22, 1995 PAGE 3 3. CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION FOR NOVEMBER 7, 1995 IN RESPONSE TO CITIZEN INITIATIVE PETITION (cont'd.l repeatedly voted against this project saying the City cannot afford it." Ms. Kaastad clarified that the Council had voted repeatedly to defer the project. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion unanimously carried. (Ordinance No. 762-95) Councilmember Hamilton pointed out that the Council had previously discussed the information circulated on this project being incomplete, and therefore, recommended the Council schedule a workshop to prepare a fact sheet on the project which would be signed by the entire Council. Councilmember Kaastad suggested using the table of estimated costs for the project prepared by the City Engineer as the • fact sheet. Councilmember Hamilton expressed his feeling there should be additional information provided along with the table of estimated costs prepared by the City Engineer. The Council discussed adding an item to the workshop previously scheduled for September 28, 1995, in order to discuss a fact sheet for the November 7, 1995 Special Election to be included in the next newsletter. Councilmember Wall suggested an article also be placed in the newsletter updating the citizens on the condition of the water and sewers of the City, and the status of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrative Order and the letter from the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission. Councilmember Hamilton also suggested an article be placed in the next newsletter to clarify the condition of the drinking water, due to the fact he had received telephone calls in this regard from the citizens. ?Truman Harrell, 6509 Marcille Court, Richland Hills, inquired as to how this issue would be placed on the ballot, and how the citizens would know exactly what they were voting for and how much it would cost. • Councilmember Wall explained that the fact sheet to be prepared for the election would contain the actual costs of the Handley-Ederville Project. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • SPECIAL EMERGENCY MEETING SEPTEMBER 22, 1995 PAGE 4 4. ADJOURN There being no other business to come before the City Council at this time, Mayor Kelley declared the Special Meeting adjourned at 12:22 p.m. APPROVED: C. F. KELLEY, MAYOR ATTEST: ILLIS, CITY S RETARY • •